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Journalism students get scoops

31 May 2007

Journalism students get scoops The future employment prospects of one set of journalism students look good after they made headlines almost immediately.

An independent training company based in Brighton, called The Journalist Works, offers students the chance to get hands-on training in a working newspaper environment.

Trainees on the 12-week Diploma in Production Journalism get the opportunity to complete work experience at the subs desk of the city paper, the Argus.

As reported by holdthefrontpage.co.uk, within four weeks of starting the course currently in process, students have had more than 20 news stories published.

Michael Beard, group editor at the Argus, said: "There are places for them to do work experience on the subs desk here every week.

"They have also come up with hard-hitting news stories which we publish entirely on merit."

Paula O'Shea, managing director of The Journalist works, emphasised: "It's a big ask as they can't rely on press releases - just good old-fashioned news sense."

This sort of course may prove useful to students who can't afford to embark on a full one year masters or diploma course after university.

Recent research has shown that journalism is one of the most popular career choices for arts graduates.

The profession is famously competitive and employers are always keen to see that graduate job applicants have gained practical experience by writing for student newspapers or similar publications.

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